Re: Brera 3.2 takes a kicking
I have a GTV6 that i bought in 1989. I have kept this car, as to me it was the last real Alfa Romeo. Designed when Alfa were not owned by Fiat or in partnership with huge fat cat manufactures.
The GTV6 was designed to be a drivers car, great transaxle set up, rear wheel drive, inboard brakes and proper Alfa Romeo engine (designed and built from scratch). That V6 engine is incredible and is largely considered to be one of, if not the best production engines built (amazing to think it first appear in 1979 and was still around in 2005).
That GTV6 is incredibly responsive to drive with near on faultless handling, it is everything an Alfa Romeo should be. Yes it has faults - lots!- Ridiculous gear change, bad ergonomics, needs lot of TLC... but none of that seems to matter. Every time I drive it, it makes me grin from ear to ear.
So when i test drove a Brera (with high expectations after previously owning a 916GTV 2.0 and 147 GTA) and I was disappointed not to feel moved in the same way .It looks great to a point (but the GTV6 looks better, as does the 916 GTV), but it just cant match my 20 year old GTV6 for pure driving pleasure. The new V6 is good (or OK), but it is based on a GM unit and it doesn't have the magic of the Arese unit. The handling is good, maybe even excellent, but the trans axle is something special.
For me the Brera has been designed to appeal to BMW buyers which economically makes sense, but for true Alfa Enthusiasts like myself leaves us feeling uninspired. I will buy one because I there isn't an alternative, but I don't dream of owning one like I did when I first saw the GTV6 back in 1980, or for that matter the Alfasud, Alfasud Sprint Veloce or even the 916 GTV.
I guess I'll be for a good kicking now for putting down the Brera, for which i apologies. But to me the Brera along with the closure of the Arese plant marks the end of something truly special; Alfa Romeo become just another car manufacture. From a business point of view this was inevitable and necessary but none the less a sad.
I'm going to take my 6 out for a drive now (if it starts, second gear works and inst full of water) hmmmmm